Title: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Sam Liu
Starring: Sean Maher, Kari Wahlgren, Christina Ricci
Runtime: 1 hr 24 mins
What It Is: With a new member named Terra (Ricci) joining the already established group the young woman who can control rock and dirt with seismic energy seems very despondent and lost. Titans leaders Nightwing (Maher) and Starfire (Wahlgren) are working to stop whatever plan Brother Blood (Gregg Henry) is planning. With that threat and Deathstroke (Michael Ferrer) looming as well the Titans are very occupied. An unknown enemy lurks in that distraction, one they are totally not going to see coming.
What We Think: Slightly better than the last few DC animated films, in particular, Batman: The Killing Joke which I found a bit messy. This had good voice acting, but given the caliber of vocal actor in this, that isn’t a surprise. Christina Ricci really brings Tara Markov (Terra) to life. Most of the other cast is back from the previous installment Justice League v Teen Titans which I think helped with these performances. As a story it’s pretty good there’s some good stuff. I liked Miguel Ferrer’s performance as Deathstroke. Overall though it misses the mark on some important places that would coalesce the story further.
Our Grade: C, This is so much better than the CGI nightmares Marvel has brought us. It’s good but not great so with that I’ll recommend this with the caveat that you be a big fan of what DC does in order to truly enjoy. If you’re curious about DC’s animated universe probably don’t start here. Instead, try Justice League Dark which launched earlier this year. It just has a bit more accessibility. Here there’s a bit more underlying commonality which can be subverted by watching the previous film mentioned above.